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Subject: Hedgehog
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West European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), or simply the European hedgehog, is a hedgehog species found throughout the Palaearctic region, except in the Himalayas and North Africa. It is not commonly found above 60°N in latitude, except for Finland, Sweden and the Northwestern-most parts of Russia.
The Southern White-breasted Hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor), sometimes referred to as East European Hedgehog, White-bellied Hedgehog or White-chested Hedgehog, is very similar to lifestyle and appearance to the West European Hedgehog, but the former has a white spot on its chest. For a long time these two species were considered to be one. The Southern White-breasted Hedgehog and Weste European Hedgehog can hybridize.

Unlike its western European counterpart, the Southern White-breasted Hedgehog never digs dens. It prefers building grass nests in secluded places.

White-bellied hedgehog
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